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VOL. 42 | NO. 10 | Friday, March 9, 2018

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Irish celebration. The Knox Shamrock Fest, formerly known as the Irish Festival, benefits the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation, and is held on Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Includes green beer, live Irish music, Irish dancing, Irish vendors and activities for children. March 16-17. A parade will be held on Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. on Gay Street. Information

SATURDAY, MARCH 17

An Emerald Evening

The annual Knoxville Symphony Ball is now in its 87th year. The ball benefits the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and features fine dining, silent and live auctions and dancing to live music. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. $300, patron ticket; $225, individual ticket; tables start at $3,500. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

Job Fair

The Blount County Chamber of Commerce, working off its mission statement to promote economic growth, is hosting a job fair sponsored by Blackberry Farm, M Force Staffing, Pellissippi State Community College and Staffing Solutions, 2-6 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee building, 136 Harvest Lane in Maryville. Anyone looking for a job or wanting career development opportunities is invited to attend. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. In addition to full and part-time positions, this job fair is designed for internships and service opportunities as well. Any business or company interested in participating can reserve booth space which includes one eight-foot table, two chairs and table linens if needed. The fee is $160 for Blount Chamber members and $210 for non-members. To reserve booth space or inquiry about sponsorship. Information: Deborah Nye at 865 983-2241, dnye@blountpartnership.com or www.blountchamber.com

MARCH 22-25

Big Ears Festival

Called “an international cultural gathering,’’ this Knoxville music event is a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance, and the visual arts. Daily and weekend passes are available. Among the many events and experiences are:

-- Film programming, including the work of visiting artist Lewis Khlar, will showcase fifteen feature films, 50 shorts, visiting artists, curators and installations. /full-film-schedule-announced/

-- The Bluegrass Avant-Garde: Spotlight on Béla Fleck and Jerry Douglas. Fleck will perform with string quartet Brooklyn Rider and as a duo with songstress and clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn, his soul mate in music and life. www.bigearsfestival.org/bluegrass-avant-garde-spotlight-bela-fleck-jerry-douglas/

-- 12-Hour Drone: All Night Flight, is described as a transcendent evening of sustained sound exploration. All Night Flight is an immersive new experience featuring 19 genre-defying artists at The Standard from midnight on Saturday to noon on Sunday during the festival weekend. Experimenting with continuous tones and repetition through vocals or instrumentation, artists and listeners alike will be transported to a meditative space pushing the boundaries of time, genre, and music itself. www.bigearsfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BE18_12HrDrone_webschedule.png

Appalachian Happening includes free events open to the public, such a square dance on Market Square, free jam sessions on Market Square and at Jig & Reel, a Fiddler’s Convention and more. It is curated by Anna Roberts-Gevalt of Anna & Elizabeth and also will have old time jams, percussive dance, a fiddlers’ convention and old harp singing. It kicks off with a square dance in Market square on Thursday. www.bigearsfestival.org/experiences-2018/

The music begins Thursday afternoon and continues all day Friday-Sunday at several venues, including Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre, The Mill & Mine, The Standard, and The Square Room. Information

SATURDAY, MAY 12

Run in the Mud

The 6th annual Mudder’s Day Madness 5K Mud Run at Montvale is set for May 12 and is limited to 1,000 total participants with spots filling quickly. This year’s event features youth pricing, new trails, more mud, new obstacles, family friendly activities, and food trucks. The course is a challenging 5K course with many hills and obstacles along the way, as well as rocky, slippery, uneven terrain throughout but is suitable for all fitness levels. Participants can run as individuals or as part of a team. The events will have two waves with the first starting at 10 a.m. and the second at 10:20 am. Waves will include individual competitors and teams. All teams must cross the finish line together. Cost is $35 through April 22 then $45 through May 6. Cost is $25 for youth 17 and under until April 22 and then $30 through May 6. No online registration after May 6. Race day registration will be available only if spots are available and cost is $45 for everyone. Teams are not allowed to register or make changes on race day. All event proceeds benefit Harmony Family Center and their service to children through foster care, adoption, and post adoption counseling and programs. Information